But Longstreet found this important point already covered, and if gained it would be at the price of a battle.
The force at the point of contact was McCall's division of Pennsylvania Reserves, formed at right angles across the New Market road, in front of, and parallel to, the Quaker road.
McCall's disposition was as follows: Meade's brigade on the right, Sey mour's on the left, and Simmons' (Reynolds') in reserve.
Randall's (Regular) battery in front of the line on the right, Cooper's and Kern's opposite the centre, and Dietrich's and Kennerheim's (twenty-pounder Parrotts) on the left. Sumner was at some distance to the left, and somewhat retired; Hooker was on Sumner's left, and somewhat advanced; Kearney was to the right of McCall.
The brunt of the attack, however, fell upon McCall's division.
In the Confederate line the division of Longstreet held the right, and that of A. P. Hill the left.
Longstreet opened the attack at about three o'clock, by a threatening move
ed by the army.
In the cemetery were placed Dilger's, Bancroft's, Eakin's, Wheeler's, Hill's, and Taft's batteries, under Major Osborne.
On the left of the cemetery the batteries of the Second Corps, under Captain Hazard—namely, those of Woodruff, Arnold, Cushing, Brown, and Rorty.
Next on the left was Thomas's battery, and on his left Major McGilvray's command, consisting of Thompson's, Phillips', Hart's, Sterling's, Ranks', Dow's, and Ames' of the reserve artillery, to which was added Cooper's battery of the First Corps.
On the extreme left, Gibbs' and Rittenhouse's (late Hazlitt's) batteries.
As batteries expended their ammunition, they were replaced by batteries of the artillery reserve, sent forward by its efficient chief, Colonel R. O. Tyler. Withholding the fire until the first hostile outburst had spent itself, General Hunt then ordered the batteries to open; and thus from ridge to ridge was kept up for near two hours a Titanic combat of artillery that caused the solid f